Clinical evaluation of Australian Hearing's guidelines for fitting multiple memory hearing AIDS

Gitte Keidser*, Heidi Silberstein Limareff, Sandie Simmons, Corina Gul, Zoe Hayes, Caren Sawers, Bronwyn Thomas, Kathy Holland, Kelly Korchek

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Abstract

In 1998, guidelines for fitting multi-memory hearing aids were introduced in Australian Hearing (a government agency). The guidelines list criteria for determining multimemory candidacy and present recommended response variations around a baseline response to suit different listening environments. This study aimed at validating the clinical application of the guidelines. Forty-four subjects from three Australian Hearing centres evaluated a digital, two-memory, two-channel compression device with remote control in their everyday environments for four months. Data suggested that the original criteria for candidacy were not satisfactory. On average, candidates had a wider dynamic range across the high frequencies, were more often in the situation the alternative program was designed for, and were fitted with a greater low-frequency gain difference between programs. A revised candidacy guideline based on this finding is presented. The recommended response variations were difficult to achieve and data did not suggest any particular changes to the recommended response variations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-68
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

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    Keidser, G., Limareff, H. S., Simmons, S., Gul, C., Hayes, Z., Sawers, C., ... Korchek, K. (2005). Clinical evaluation of Australian Hearing's guidelines for fitting multiple memory hearing AIDS. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 27(1), 51-68.